Submissions for the City of Rockingham’s first ever Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, which will coincide with the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards, are now open to the community.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be displayed at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 26 October – 3 November 2019. The event will celebrate the beauty and intricacy of small scale, three dimensional artworks that are created with recycled and repurposed materials.
A $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award will be presented to one artist who demonstrates excellence in the creation of a small sculpture and whose work creatively uses recycled components.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the exhibition represented an exciting first for arts and culture in the City of Rockingham.
“The City is delighted to be hosting a Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition for the first time ever, which will be held simultaneously with the acclaimed Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Entries for the exhibition are open to both emerging and professional artists from across Western Australia, so I encourage local artists to make a submission.”
Artists can enter pieces into both the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, provided they adhere to the separate terms and conditions.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will run from Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019, from 9am – 5pm daily at the Rockingham Arts Centre.
For more information or to submit an entry online visit Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition.
Primary and secondary school students across Western Australia now have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills at the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, after entries for the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition opened.
The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition encourages schools to enter large scale outdoor sculptural works created from recycled and re-purposed materials.
These works will then be displayed alongside other selected entries in the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the newly revitalised Rockingham Beach Foreshore throughout October and November 2019.
The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition is proudly supported by Alcoa of Australia and the Lions Club of Rockingham, which sponsor the primary and secondary school awards respectively.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged schools across WA to enter the competition.
“The Castaways Sculpture Awards is the premier event for art and culture in the City of Rockingham and the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition is an important element of this magnificent event,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The Castaways Schools Exhibition gives students the chance to show off their creative skills while also learning about the importance of recycling.
“Historically, the entries the City has received from students of all ages has been very impressive and we look forward to seeing the bar being raised even further in 2019.”
Castaways is a nine-day outdoor exhibition that will be curated by Lyn Di Ciero. It will feature a two-day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019 which will see the foreshore come alive with free entertainment and activities for people of all ages and abilities.
Entries for the Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition close on Friday 2 August 2019. Judging will take place on Friday 25 October, with winners announced on Saturday 26 October 2019 during the official Castaways Opening Night and Awards Ceremony.
For more information or to make a submission visit the Castaways page on the City of Rockingham Website.
An award-winning idea from Comet Bay College student Rachel Jones has come to life with her Childhood Pavement Games initiative rolled out at various sites across the City of Rockingham.
The 16-year-old student’s idea won the 2017 Len Sheedy How Would You Improve Your Community Competition, which encouraged students to come up with ideas about how they would improve their community.
Rachel’s entry was the winner and was implemented across Rockingham with help from the City and local businesses.
Games include circular maze, calculating caterpillars, dinner time Mr Wolf, twister, snail A-Z, hopscotch (turn), hopscotch (fairies) and traditional hopscotch.
The games are painted outside the Gary Holland Community Centre, Town Square in Baldivis, Lions Park in Shoalwater and there are two outside Secret Harbour Shopping Centre.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated Rachel for her award-winning idea.
“Each year students from different high schools across the City come up with a variety of ideas that are then judged during the competition, before being handed over to the City for assessment,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Rachel’s entry, which won the competition last year, was a fantastic idea and the City was thrilled to help her implement it across Rockingham with the help of local businesses.
“As a City we are fortunate to have a great number of talented young people wanting to make a positive difference in their community.”
Rachel said she was inspired to implement the initiative after playing similar games at school.
“Whenever I would be walking somewhere, I would look at the pathways and think of families and how active kids are, so I thought there could be a small activity for kids on the go,” Rachel said.
“I used to have similar games at my primary school and loved playing on them.”
The competition and rollout of the Childhood Pavement Games was made possible with support from Bendigo Bank, Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce, Tiny Tots, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Lions Rockingham, Charter Hall and Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia.
A winner has been chosen in the City of Rockingham’s Selfie with a Senior competition, with Kelly Powell’s selfie announced as the winner.
The Selfie with a Senior competition encouraged community members to take a selfie with a senior and add a short description of why they chose that person.
The City received 60 entries from people of all ages and backgrounds who celebrated their grandparents, great-grandparents, neighbours, volunteers, friends and mentors.Kelly posing with her senior friends in an office setting.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said “Kelly Powell was the winner of $500 and was selected because of her dedication to honouring seniors and breaking down the stigma and stereotypes of old age.”
“Seniors are the heart and memory of the community so it was fantastic to see so many people celebrating them by embracing the Selfie with a Senior competition.
“It was a wonderful reflection on the deep respect and love that participants have for older people in our community.”
Ms Powell’s entry was announced as the winner during Seniors Week 2018, a nationwide event held annually to acknowledge the positive contribution seniors make to society.
“Campaigns such as the Selfie with a Senior competition play a vital role in changing the way we think about ageing and removing the harmful stereotypes that are associated with growing old.”
The description provided with Ms Powell’s winning selfie was as follows:
“I work for Coastal District Care Centre Emergency Relief. Most of our volunteers are seniors. They have taught me so many valuable lessons about life, friendship, love and acceptance. They buoy up our clients with caring, compassion and laughter and ask for nothing in return.
I took this photo of three of our volunteers and myself to show the friendships and love that are created despite age differences and (to) breakdown the stigma and stereotypes of old age. These people aren’t old, they’re the perfect example of vintage… better and more valuable as they age.”
See all the entries on the City of Rockingham Seniors page.
Residents in the City of Rockingham are encouraged to help celebrate all seniors by joining in the Selfie with a Senior Campaign throughout October.
Community members of all ages are welcome to join in the campaign by taking a selfie of their own with a special senior (e.g. older loved one, friend, family, mentor).
All they have to do is upload a selfie to the City’s Facebook page or website with a short description and the hashtag #AgeFriendlyRockingham for the chance to win $500 cash.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the aim of the campaign was to help change the way we think about ageing.
“Seniors are the heart and memory of our community so it is vital we celebrate their outstanding contribution,” Mayor Sammels said.
“In the City of Rockingham seniors make up a significant proportion of the community, approximately 16 per cent, so I encourage all residents to find a senior who is special and take a selfie with them.
“By joining in this campaign we can help change the way we think about ageing and remove some of the harmful stereotypes that are associated with growing old.”
Entries for the Selfie with a Senior Campaign close 28 October with the winner of the campaign to be selected by a judging panel.
The winner will be announced during Seniors Week (11-17 November).